- to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
- to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
Origin of coddle
Synonyms for coddle
Examples from the Web for coddler
Historical Examples of coddler
"It is a holiday, today," said Mr. Coddler; and a holiday it seemed to be.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
- to treat with indulgence
- to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
- Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Word Origin for coddle
c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids" (c.1300), from Anglo-French caudel (c.1300), ultimately from Latin calidium "warm drink, warm wine and water," neuter of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma"). Related: Coddled; coddling.